Build your students’ understanding of perimeter and area with this set of task cards and printables. The 44 task cards in this set can perform double duty – providing practice with finding both perimeter and area of rectangular figures. Extend your students’ practice (or assess their mastery of perimeter and area) with the two included worksheets. With these resources, your students will grow stronger in their understanding of these key measurement concepts.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics addressed:
Number and Operations – Fractions (4.MD)
• Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators. (4.NF.3b)
Number and Operations – Fractions (5.MD)
• Multiply fractional side lengths to find areas of rectangles, and represent fraction products as rectangular areas. (5.MD.4b)
• 44 task cards
• 3 journal-sized graphic reference sheets
• 2 different answer sheets – one for perimeter, one for area
• keys for both answer sheets
• 2 two-sided worksheets – one for perimeter, one for area
• scoring guides for both worksheets
The printables consist of three journal-sized reference sheets and two different two-page worksheets that can be used to evaluate student understanding of area and perimeter. There is one reference sheet that relates to perimeter and one that relates to area. The third reference sheet focuses on the use of partitioning as a strategy for finding the area of a rectangle. You can give these to the students before they work on the cards and allow the students to use the sheet as a reference while they complete the cards.
Each of the 44 cards presents the students with a picture or a description of a rectangular figure. The cards scale up in difficulty, moving from rectangles and squares with single-digit dimensions to ones with dimensions that are two-digit numbers. The first 32 cards presents the students with a rectangular figure on a grid with labeled dimensions. The next 6 cards (33–38) presents the students with a labeled rectangle not
on a grid. The final 6 cards (39–44) give dimensions of a rectangle instead of a picture. The rectangles on each card feature one dimension that is a whole number and another that is a fraction or mixed number. One of the answer sheets focuses on perimeter, and directs students to find and record the perimeter of each figure. The other answer sheet directs students to find and record the area of the figures. You can use them on successive or non-consecutive days, depending on the sequence of instruction you decide to use in regards to area and perimeter.
Once students have completed the task cards, you can give them the worksheet related to the skill they practiced. One worksheet assesses student understanding of perimeter and the other of area. The worksheets assess student understanding of area and perimeter in a variety of ways, and each activity sheet gives student an opportunity to write about their thinking. Each worksheet has a scoring guide that spells out how many points each part of the worksheet is worth, with each worksheet having a total of 15 points.
For more practice with area & perimeter or fraction computation, please check out the other related resources I have available –
In and Around - area and perimeter task cards + printables (set A)
In and Around - area and perimeter task cards + printables (set B)
Area and Perimeter Puzzlers - task cards + printables
Dimensional Dilemmas area of a rectangle "I Have...Who Has?" cards FREE
Name That Equation - fraction multiplication task cards + printables set
Fraction Puzzlers - fraction story problems task cards + printables
FREE self-checking mixed numeral/improper fraction puzzle set
I hope your students enjoy these resources and are able to build their proficiency with perimeter and area. – Dennis McDonald